This Saturday Testify for Wildlife at Public Meeting in Portland

We have an opportunity to provide testimony to the Oregon legislature in Portland this coming Saturday, April 8 to ask the Joint Ways and Means Committee to support two critical funding asks for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). Sign up to testify and you can simply use the talking points below for your testimony or personalize them.

A male Northern Flicker perches on a branch with tree branches in the background.
Northern Flicker, photo by Hayley Crews

1. Please reinstate the $187K biennium allocated for the Outreach and Community Engagement Project Leader of ODFW’s Marine Reserve Program. This key position is a critical connection point between coastal communities, Oregonians that visit the coast and marine reserves.  This small ask will go a long way. Oregon’s Marine Reserves are coastal treasures. These living laboratories protect habitat, strengthen our resilience to climate change and contribute important science and monitoring to communities dependent on our ocean resources.

2. Please support ODFW’s establishment of a Wildlife Coexistence Program. This package requests five biologist positions to expand education and outreach efforts focused on the urban/suburban environments on how to interact with wildlife/avoid conflicts, work with local governments, community groups, schools, etc., in their areas, and provide training sessions for those groups, law enforcement, animal control, and others. They would also assist local rehabbers with understanding rules for holding and proper treatment of wildlife, conduct facility inspections and assist with permitting.

Testify at the Meeting

Register in advance to give testimony: Register here.

When: Saturday, April 8 (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Where: Portland Community College – PAC Auditorium, Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219